A new light installation, ‘Kōhatu & The Sphere’, has arrived in Heard Park, Parnell for the month of July, and Aucklanders from far and wide, as well as locals, celebrated its arrival with a magical night at Heard Park on Friday July 1st.
Kōhatu & The Sphere is a rotating light installation by Hawkes Bay artist Fish Aberadi. The masterpiece will reside in Heard Park until July 24 as part of Parnell’s annual winter light installation. The sphere in motion speaks directly to the underlying nature and order of the universe, and the dark, moody night touched on the theme of just that. Adding to the ambience was a coffee truck serving free hot drinks, a roaming saxophonist, and a special performance from Viva Voce choir. This performance marked the grand opening of the light installation, and the choir performed a selection of a cappella songs that spoke to the timelessness of the stars.
The event was met with positive feedback and genuine comments about the sense of community and ‘life’ that the light installation provided. After two years of lockdowns and disruptions, there was a sense of joy amongst everyone—staff, performers, and the public—as people were able to enjoy this outdoor event.
Though the choir performance was a one-night-only event, the Friday night magic continues throughout the month. On 8, 15 and 22 July, the roaming saxophonist and free coffee cart return to Heard Park, inviting Aucklanders to gather for a bright and joyful occasion amidst the gloomy winter season.
The sculpture has also caught the eye of passers-by during the day, many of whom take the opportunity to admire it up close and grab a picture with it. Each person who uploads a picture of the sculpture to Instagram and tags @parnellauckland can redeem vouchers at local food vendors—the perfect way to reward our community.
Kōhatu & The Sphere will be at Heard Park from 1-24 July.